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Woman with outstanding warrants arrested after trying to keep police from picking up her son

Published On: Oct 25 2012 07:02:51 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2012 06:14:38 AM EDT

A woman who tried to prevent police from serving a warrant on her son was arrested when it was discovered she had 10 active warrants of her own, officials said.

Maria Ayala was taken into custody, along with her son, Norberto Figueroa, at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at an apartment at 532 Linden St., Bethlehem, after a game of cat-and-mouse with police, officials said.

Figueroa surrendered after police forced their way into the apartment, but not before having officers chase him around the inside and outside of the apartment building, officials said.


Ayala was cooperative with police until Figueroa escaped from the apartment, officials said, adding that Figueroa re-entered the building after running up a fire escape and then locked himself inside the apartment with Ayala.

Ayala would not open the door for police, and after officers broke a window on the door and unlocked it, Ayala wouldn't tell police where Figueroa was, officials said.

After Figueroa was captured, Ayala gave police a false name and birthdate,  officials added.

Ayala's identity and the outstanding warrants against her were discovered after police spoke with the owner of the apartment, Vanessa Stryker, who told officers that Ayala was Figueroa's mother and that she was babysitting for her, officials said.

Figueroa, 24, of 419 Pine St., Bath, Northampton Co.,  was arraigned on obstruction of justice and escape charges and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $40,000 bail, according to court documents.

Ayala, 45, of 646 Broadway, Bethlehem, was arraigned on charges of obstruction of justice, hindering apprehension and making false reports and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $20,000 bail, court papers say.

Figueroa's preliminary hearing is set for 1:45 p.m. Nov. 2, and Ayala's is set for 2 p.m. Nov. 2.